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Lightning Strikes Twice for Thunder Men’s Soccer

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013

The Concordia Thunder Men's Soccer team made the trek up to Fort McMurray this past weekend to play a two game series against the Keyano College Huskies. Going into the weekend, the Thunder had lost two out of their first 3 games and knew that it was imperative to come up with wins if the team had any chance of making it into the ACAC playoffs. Although the Thunder came out strong, it was the Huskies that drew first blood, scoring early in the half. However, the Thunder kept pushing for the equalizer which came a few minutes before half time through a free kick close to the 18m box taken by Garnet Coria.  In the second half, the Thunder took the lead from an open play with the goal scored by Pristen Faria. It was his third counter in as many games. In the 70th minute, the Huskies were reduced to 10 men as one of their players was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. Although they were playing shorthanded, the Huskies tied the game with just over 10 minutes to play. However, the Thunder 'struck' for the third time when 2nd year Gopal Minhas scored with the assist going to Pristen Faria. The game ended 3-2, running the Thunder's record to .500.  Faria was named the Player of the Game. After their 12 hour travel and game day, it was mission accomplished as the team returned to their hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Game two of the away series went on Sunday afternoon at 2. Having analyzed the Huskies tendencies from the first game, the Thunder were well prepared and ready to play. In the first half they created numerous goal scoring chances but couldn't find the back of the net until deep in the first half when 3rd year veteran Garnet Coria scored on an open play in the 18m box. Coria chested down the ball and blasted a shot with his left foot into the net. Leading 1-Nil going into the 2nd half, the Thunder pounded in two more goals via the foot of emerging scoring ace Pristen Faria. The two goals were assisted by Joseph Miah and Alfred Korfeh. The game ended 3-0 in favour of Concordia with Faria again being voted as Player of the Game. With his 3-goal weekend, Faria ran his goal tally to 5 in just four games. This was a pivotal weekend for the Thunder and the coaching staff singled out the remarkable play of a number of starters including "Alfred Korfeh and Garnet Coria for their tireless and amazing work rate in the midfield along with Captain James Sousa, Justin Pucci, Serhiy Adamyk and Gopal Minhas doing a fantastic job defending with good support from Andy Mottram, Joseph Miah and Alex Shaaf. Good job boys."
This coming weekend, the Thunder Men will be home for two games when they host the King's Eagles on Friday afternoon at 5 before going toe to toe with the MacEwan Griffins on Saturday, September 28th at 2 PM.

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